Budweiser Budvar B:Original | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Budweiser Budvar B:OriginalBudweiser Budvar B:Original

Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

Czechvar is the special name of the world famous beer produced by renowned brewery in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. Benefitting from over 700 years of brewing experience of the South Bohemian region, Czechvar is the golden original, acknowledged by many connoisseurs as one the best lagers in the world.

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Photo of treque
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Orange pale pigmentation , translucent. Serving generates a rich lather tone clear, with average retention wide bubble. The carbonation is light but steady small bubbles.

S: It has a biscuit and malt aroma with an ethyl touch .

T: With bitter taste beginning to end, with a long finish and most bitter

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Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured crystal clear from the bottle into a pilsner glass with a quickly dissipating perfectly white head that was about one finger thick. Color is typical pilsner gold.

Smell: Extremely clean, with some grassy notes around in there. Not too much to say about this one...

Taste: Again... this one is ridiculously clean and easy going. A nice grassy hop character shines through, and then finishes nicely with a hint of citrus. Compare this to a light American macro, but about 50 times better, without any adjuncts. Very refreshing after a long hot day. You'll never want to go back to American macros again.

Drinkability: Again, compare this to an American light macro - light, easy going, but with a bit more alcohol in it. Fantastic on a hot day, and extremely sessionable.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites. Most of Americans didn't like it as much and opted for the less pungent Gambrinus. Great example of a fine Pilsner. I tried back in the US and I would have to say it's not the same. But, still a great beer.

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Photo of donzilake
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow to orange (golden) color forming a one to two fingers bubbled and aired white head. Medium retention and few lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Refreshing in the nose. Strong notes of Saaz hops which is grassy and citrus. Notes of sweet grains

T: Refreshing in the mouth too. Grainy upfront. Pale malts and caramel malts. Strong notes of Saaz hops. Again, grassy and citrus. In overall, a dry taste with a nice hops bitterness punch

M: Light body and good carbonation. Grassy and lemony aftertaste

O: Very good drinkability. Not as good as Urquell, but still a classic Czech Pilsener

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a full rocky white head; plentiful effervescence, transparent and a light sticky lace. The aroma is fresh, grassy and a little skunky with some fruity background. The taste has a very light sweetness with a crisp light and lingering hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a presence of hops to the end.

IMHO: A good representation of the style. Somewhat one-dimensional. Refreshing cold, but lost it?s appeal as it warmed.

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Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Pilsener pours a nice golden yellow color and has a foamy white head that shrinks down quickly to just a small bit of foam in my glass. It smells like other Czech lagers: grassy, with just a bit of sweetness.

The taste is above average, too. The bitterness from (I guess) Saaz hops is just balanced by the malts. It has the typical Czech golden lager flavor. There is a little odd flavor -- just a hint of metal, maybe -- that I would rather not taste. But for all I know this is exactly what the brewers want so I'm not really counting it against the beer.

The body is good, light and crisp.

There is nothing wrong with Czechvar and it is certainly better than many mainstream American lagers. If you're looking for a nice lager Czechvar is a good choice.

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Photo of solomon1122
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty good. not bitter
pretty smooth.
not strong.

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Photo of turkob
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, clear, macro-lager

S: Exceeded expectations. Clean malt aroma with more hops than you'd expect from a czech pilsner.

T: Balanced and light. Nice malt base, good character but little hops on the finish.

M: Medium body, sits on the tongue nicely. Finishes kind of quick.

O: Solid, refreshing and down the middle.

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Photo of Dzu
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance - Poured a light golden color with a very small head that seemed to vanish rather quickly. My second bottle had about an inch thick head that stayed a little longer that left only minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - A hint fo malty sweetness with some floral scents. Also has a few very small hop notes to it.

Taste - Very very smooth malty sweet taste. Nothing to overpowering but very well done taste.

Mouthfeel - A very light feeling beer, very crisp, with a little carbonation. Very refreshing taste.

Drinkability - Very very easy to drink. One you could easily drink after a day out in the yard doing yardwork in the heat.

Comments - I have also had this in Germany while stationed there a few years ago while in the military and was very happy to see it finally come stateside albeit with a new name. Same great taste, same easy to drink beer that I remember. One not to be missed if you get the chance to try it.

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Photo of livingregret
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint bottle serving size

Appearance: A deep golden colour w/ a light head....very appealing

Smell: Grassy aroma smell similar to other lagers

Taste: Starts out well enough w/ some hops and has a bit of spice toward the end. Good drink

Mouthfeel: Light feel w/ some carbonation

Drinkability: One of my favorite lagers and I will glady buy more

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Photo of StoutandBitter
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden brown, with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Very mild, some hops, some fruity notes.

T - Pleasant, slightly metallic, fairly typical of its type.

M - The fruityness comes late and coats the tongue like a very mild wine

D - Very drinkable, a good summer afternoon lazing in the backyard kind of beer. Recommended.

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Photo of rednrag
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this beer for years, I guess like everyone I was intrigued by the Anheuser-Busch controversy. Plus, I really like European lagers. I personally think Urquell is a beautiful beer (the only other Czech beer I've had). This also is a pretty dam fine lager. Probably not as good as Urquell, but still pretty good. If you're a fan of Euro lagers like I am, you will like this one.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS

Poured a surprisingly dark golden color. Head was little if at all.

Like all Bohemian Pils, this one was darker than one might expect. Still light, just a darker gold than one expects from a pils, especially if one is used to, say, Miller Lite as their "pils" of choice. The aroma is quite nice, almost all devoted to the grain. There is a little hop presence in the nose, but it quickly steps to the side to let the grain shine through. There's a slight hint of buttery diacetyl here as well.

Flavor reflects the aroma quite well. The taste is a good, clean graininess, with the hops there but still playing a subservient role. It seems hops are there simply to keep the beer from being sweet, yet their presence is more than that. They are stronger than one might initially expect, and the bitterness let loose by them makes the beer rather sharp in a good way. There's still that hint of buttery diacetyl to contend with. It's become almost obligatory for a Bohemian Pils to have this buttery aroma/flavor to it. Sad, yet understandable. It's a detraction, yet it is not. When one truly does expect to find the diacetyl flavor and aroma, one is honestly disappointed to find it missing. Fortunately, one is not disappointed here. In with all the clean grainy goodness is that butterscotch aroma and flavor. It shouldn't be there, yet it should. Go figure. Welcome to the world of BoPils. Otherwise, the flavor is clean and crisp, with good carbonation, and a cleanliness that is unusual in nearly all other beers. Only the lingering diacetyl and the surprisingly biter hops gets your attention. Otherwise it's a grainy but good Bo Pils.

The mouthfeel is decidedly light, which is a good thing, considering the style. One would want this to be light and drinkable, and it is.

Overall, this is a fine, fine beer from the Czech Republic. If one goes into this tasting know that one will get the butter of a strong diacetyl content, it's perfectly fine. If not, their surprise, I guess. Overall, this is a very nice beer, worthy of the Budweiser name, whether the courts say so or not. I enjoyed it, and provided you know about diacetyl, I expect you will too. Good stuff, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Naugled
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice sharp carbonation, a quick white head, and a crystal clear yellow straw body.

Mostly sweetness in the nose, corn and skunk.

Good malt hop balance, some sweetness but balanced very well.

Medium body not real rich but nice.

Very drinkable, good session beer.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times over the years, I have tended to prefer it to Pilsner Urquell for its dryness.

Pours gold, nice head.

metallic, herbal saaz flavour

thinn-ish mouthfeel, nice carb. Drying finish, little bitterness.

Just a very good beer, but for my tastes now I'd like a fair bit more bitternesss and more saaziness :)

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skeetermoses
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall this one was a pretty good beer I had the American version Czechvar. This happens to be my dads favorite beer, He absolutley loves it, we poured this into a couple of Budvar mugs he got back in the 1970's and had a couple a sat around and talked over all a pretty satisfying beer. not bad]

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Photo of TGS
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap by half-pint recently at the Pembury Tavern, Hackney, N. London.

A: pale golden hue, coming with a very thick (as thick as the half-pint glass could manage to hold), tightly frothy head with brilliant retention, that of course is backed by an extremely fizzy body but just the way it should be.
S: sour-dough as well as crushed biscuits feature the overwhelming maltiness... a little dusty from the froth and a pretty mild lemony (and grassy) edge of hops sustain behind.
T: chewy, cookie-ish malts dominate the palate, while grassy and slightly lemony hops very subtly join from behind, leading towards a restrained bitterness of hops in the very end.
M&D: quite clean, but lacks a crisp texture crucial to this beer... a slightly clashing, doughy and rusty mouthfeel of malt-sourness linger in the very end. Quaffable enough and much better than the bottled version that I tried 9 months ago, but nowhere nearly as good as what I tried in Ceske Budejovice, the beer's home town. I'm SURE it's not due to "psychological effects". Even being a filtered and perhaps pasteurised beer dispensed with CO2, the beer I had on tap in Budejovice was better in terms of body and texture, alas I didn't take any notes whilest there... giving me another excuse to re-visit the Pilsner-land soon!!

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Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Very clear, pale golden color with a very white persistent head and lots of lacing...

Yeasty grainy aroma...not unpleasant but was hoping for some hops..

Light malty taste that isn't spectacular but isn't offensive either. Its a bit watery...

Very smooth mouthfeel...crisp and clean..

A brew that you could drink all night...nothing too heavy, just a good simple brew..

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Photo of MatthewD4
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LittleCreature
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a finger of bubbly, off-white head that reduced quickly to almost nothing. Colour is clear gold and looks lightly carbonated.

Smell - 3.5
Strong skunk upon opening that faded quickly leaving a typical but weak pilsener aroma of grassy hops, toast, a whisper of toffee and a biscuity malt sweetness.

Taste - 3.5
Again, typical Czech pilsener. Biscuity sweet malt, moderate grassy hop bitterness, finishes quite dry. Very thirst quenching and morish, if not bursting with flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to moderate carbonation, feels light in the mouth, just about spot on for easy drinking.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not hugely interesting, but certainly an easy drinker.

I expected a bit more of this, I would actually rate it behind Pilsner Urquell, which for me is still the benchmark pils. Still an excellent session beer choice and a good alternative to the bigger name euros. Priced well too, I'll be having this again.


Appearance - 4.0

Smell - 3.5

Taste - 3.5

Mouthfeel - 4.0

Drinkability - 4.0

Somewhat variable quality, although more consistent that Pilsner Urquell. At its best this is a lovely beer and one of the worlds great lagers. Don't drink it ice cold of you'll miss out on much of the malty richness and spicy hops flavour.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This pours a very clear golden color with an initial one finger thick head, however, this dissipates very quickly. Carbonation seems to be reasonable and unassuming, which is different from the imposter Bud we think of as the original. Lacing is actually not bad, as small patches of foam cling to the side of the glass.

S- The aromas are floral, and full of malt, which is nice by comparison to what I was expecting. There is a distinct hop petal bitterness but its smooth and not in your face.....the malt is syrupy and somewhat honeyed....really nice and a very decent smelling Euro lager!

T- Oh this has flavor! There is a very sweet tone throughout the taste that is almost candied. Im not sure if in fact there is adjunct grains added, but the sweetness reminds me like its' been derived from corn/corn syrup, but it's not so distinctive. Floral/hopped finish, that is mild and grassy/grainy....not bad but could use a little more of a crisp finish....

M/O- For sure this is a summer time lager that is stupid easy to drink and drink some more! It is medium bodied, creamy and dare I say flabby?! Carbonation is fairly robust and the alcohol is hidden well.....would I drink this again...yeah, and do I think it's better than AB Bud....Yes! However, I would most definitely pick another Czech lager over this one....still, its good!

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Budweiser Budvar B:Original from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,578 ratings